[ rey-ser ]
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  1. a person, animal, or thing that races or takes part in a race, as a racehorse, bicycle, yacht, etc.

  2. anything having great speed.

  1. a turntable on which a heavy gun is turned.

  2. any of several slender, active snakes of the genera Coluber and Masticophis.

Origin of racer

First recorded in 1640–50; race1 + -er1

Other words from racer

  • min·i·rac·er, noun

Words Nearby racer

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How to use racer in a sentence

  • These severally were supposed to include the full-blown racer, the out-of-date racer, and the ordinary cruiser.

    Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
  • She was but a moderate success as a racer, but was a very good cruiser, having made a voyage to the West Indies.

    Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
  • In joining a racer there is nothing so comfortable for host and guest too as being on board in good time.

    Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
  • There was the speed of the blooded racer in her and the tirelessness of the mustang.

    Riders of the Silences | John Frederick
  • Did ever racer's eager feetRest as he reach'd the goal, Finding the prize achiev'd was meetTo satisfy his soul?

British Dictionary definitions for racer


/ (ˈreɪsə) /

  1. a person, animal, or machine that races

  2. a turntable used to traverse a heavy gun

  1. any of several long slender nonvenomous North American snakes of the colubrid genus Coluber and related genera, such as C. lateralis (striped racer)

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